Year: 2009 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.39, no.4, (August 2009), p.425-432 SIEC No: 20090875

Based on Durkheim’s control theory, the authors explored the association between frequency of terror attacks in Israel & the frequency of suicide attempts admitted to the emergency room of a major general hospital in Tel-Aviv (1999-2004). Analysis of the 6-year study period as a whole revealed no significant correlation between the variables, with the exception of one 11-month segment within it (December 2000-October 2001) that did show a statistically significant positive correlation, & in opposition to Durkheim’s hypothesis. It is suggested that suicide attempts as a phenomena should be seen as a product of a multivariate model, in which the social context plays a role as well. (33 refs.)